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->''"Time for Time Force!"''
->''"Quantum Power!"''
-->--'''[[ByThePowerOfGreyskull Morphing calls]]''', ''Power Rangers Time Force''

Season 9 of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', adapted from ''Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger''. In the year 3000, crime is almost a memory, as Time Force has captured almost every criminal. The only one left is the mutant Ransik. Time Force Red Ranger Alex and his squad finally manage to capture him, and Alex takes the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend and subordinate, Jen. Before they can fully realize their dreams of wedded bliss, however, Ransik's spoiled daughter, Nadira, breaks him out and Alex is apparently killed in the crossfire. Ransik and Nadira go on to take the cryogenically frozen mutants from prison and hightail it back to the year 2001, before there was a Time Force to stop them.

Taking responsibility for the fact that they got away on her watch, a brokenhearted Jen collects the morphers and her squad, and journeys a thousand years into the past to avenge her fiance. Unfortunately, Alex's DNA is needed to unlock the morphers, but there just so happens to be a ancestor of him living in Silver Hills, [[WordOfGod Washington]] at the turn of the millennium. What are the odds?

Wes Collins, once convinced they're not crazy, joins the Time Force Rangers, helping them in their fight and to adjust to being so far from home. Eventually, it turns out that the future in Millennium City isn't as rosy as one would expect, and either [[ScrewDestiny destiny will be screwed]], or Wes will.

Easily one of the darkest seasons of ''Power Rangers'', it takes a lot from its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart (despite seasons of ''PR'' that do so normally being disliked, such as ''Wild Force'' and ''Samurai'', this season is a rare exception). Of particular note is being the first Power Rangers series to [[AvertedTrope actually acknowledge]] [[NeverSayDie the death of a character]], [[spoiler: though Alex gets better towards the end of the series]]. Also of note is the fact that the leader of the team is the Pink Ranger, ActionGirl Jen (although because of the source footage Red is still in the forefront, with him and the SixthRanger getting nearly every LimitBreak and SuperMode through the season).

And while the acting in ''Power Rangers'' has never been any more than serviceable, the performances from the two leads Jason Faunt and Erin Cahill (as well as several others) were actually quite strong. The darker nature of the season helps to highlight that talent with themes of lost loved ones, prejudice, revenge, new love and redemption. This is also the only ''Power Rangers'' series, to date, to be nominated for an Emmy. [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0256278/awards It was for sound editing]], but still...a nomination is a nomination.

''Time Force'' is well-loved and quite popular among fans , and is often regarded as one of the best seasons. Excellent performances, mature themes, a dynamic story, and unique relationships among the main characters (particular Wes and Eric) are all cited as strong points.

Succeeded by ''Series/PowerRangersWildForce''.

''Time Force'' was the last season to be aired in full by Creator/FoxKids, which would be turning into the all-animation [[Creator/FourKidsEntertainment FOX Box]], the following year.

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!!Recurring ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' tropes include:

* ActionGirl: Jen and Katie
* AdvertisingOnlyContinuity: The BigBad, Ransik, searching for them with a TimeMachine when it was the opposite way around, and the rangers constantly mentioning the evil Cyclobots as the reason they went back in time.
* BigBad: Ransik
* BigGood: Captain Logan [[spoiler:and Alex Drake]].
* BrokenFaceplate: How Wes's father finds out that his son is a Ranger.
** It's somewhat strange that he could tell it was Wes, considering the damage to Wes' helmet was only enough to show his eyes, not to mention Mr Collins was well over twenty feet away! Though, Eric, the future Quantum Ranger, was closer and shouted "Wes!?!". That's when Mr Collins realized.
** Also, how many parents ''wouldn't'' recognize their child just by his or her eyes?
* ChestInsignia: Time Force emblems (badges?) on the belts (in the sentai, they were the power sources for the Ranger's suits, here they do nothing), personal geometric shapes on the helmet visor and chest.
* CityOfAdventure: Silver Hills
* TheDragon: CoDragons Frax and Nadira
* EvilPlan: Ransik is a criminal motivated by hated for non-mutants, then he gets his hands on time travel technology...
* FiveManBand: What is a Power Rangers season without one? For the record, this is the season that flipped it on its head.
** TheLeader: Jen (You read that right; the Red Ranger is TheHero but isn't leading the team for once.)
** TheLancer: Wes
** TheSmartGuy: Trip
** [[TheBigGuy The Big Girl]]: Katie
** TheHeart: Lucas
** AloofAlly: Eric (Technically fills the SixthRanger slot, but never actually joins the team.)
* HomeBase: the ClockTower.
* HumongousMecha
** AnimalMecha: the Quantasaurus Rex
** CombiningMecha
** TransformingMecha: the Shadow Winger and Q-Rex
* {{Mooks}}: Cyclobots
* {{Recycled IN SPACE}}!: Power Rangers [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: as TIME POLICE! ]]

* RookieRedRanger: Wes.
* ShesAManInJapan: For the third time in a row, and fourth overall. Katie as the DistaffCounterpart of Domon, Time Yellow.
* {{Thememobile}}:
** CoolBike: The Vector Cycles and Wes' Strata Cycle
** CoolPlane: The Time Jet and Eric's TF Eagle
* TwoGirlsToATeam
* WeaponOfChoice:
** FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Chrono Blaster
** DualWielding: Chrono Sabers
** {{BFG}}: The V-weapons, which combine into the even bigger Vortex Blaster.
** SwissArmyWeapon: Eric's Quantum Defender
* WordPower:
** ByThePowerOfGreyskull: "Quantum Power!"
** {{Invocation}}: "Time for Time Force!"

!!This subseries contains examples of:

* ActingForTwo: Jason Faunt as Wes and Alex.
** DoubleVision
* ActorAllusion: Ransik (played by Vernon Wells) gets one in [[TrappedInTVLand "Movie Madness"]] - in the episode's ChaseScene, he goes head-to-head with the Rangers on a desert road, driving a vehicle similar to the one Wez (also Wells) drove in ''MadMax 2'', and wearing a similar costume.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter
* AllYourBaseAreBelongToUs: In the second part of the GrandFinale, Ransik's forces attack the ClockTower. Eric and Wes have no choice but to deploy a bomb to blow up the tower in order to escape.
* AndIMustScream: The frozen mutants, because their minds are still active while frozen.
* AndStarring: "And Edward Laurence Albert as Mr. Collins".
* TheArtifact: Trip being an alien. In ''Timeranger'', the main villain and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters Of The Week]] were also aliens instead of mutants (which would explain some of the more outlandish designs on some mutants). Since they were changed to mutants, thus making the series Earth-based, Trip stands out a bit more.
* BadassBystander: Wes's dad, see DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu
* BadassDriver: Lucas.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: No, the Rangers ''don't'' actually time travel to all the eras shown in the title sequence; those clips come from the [[TrappedInTVLand Trapped In Movie Land]] episode.
** This is a result of PragmaticAdaptation - originally the writers planned to do at least ''some'' time travel arcs, using Sentai footage in remote woods like they'd used to represent alien worlds in [[Series/PowerRangersInSpace season six]]... then they realized that [[CityOfAdventure all]] the Megazord fights were in modern Tokyo. Every. Single. One.
* BigFancyHouse: The Collins Manor
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Nadira (also the DarkMagicalGirl).
* BulletTime: A couple times in the premiere.
* CarryingACake: Done with Trip and a pizza in "Beware the Knight". Can't blame the poor guy for being so hungry.
* CharacterDevelopment: This series is ''all about'' the CharacterDevelopment, let's take a look, shall we?
** Wes started out as a BrilliantButLazy, NiceGuy, ShelteredAristocrat, of a RookieRedRanger who was a kind of spoiled, by the end of the series he's grown into TheHero and an excellent leader
** Jen was a HeartbrokenBadass who could be overly serious and something of TheStoic, eventually she's LettingHerHairDown and has her SecondLove with Wes.
** Eric started off as a JerkAss with with some GreenEyedMonster issues, but after a while, reveals himself as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who [[spoiler:becomes the partner of Wes after the end.]]
** And the BigBad and his [[TheDragon Dragon of a]] [[BrattyTeenageDaughter daughter]] '''both''' have [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]] and are full-fledged good guys in the team-up next season.
** Even Frax gets a little development and recognizes the [[CycleOfRevenge futility of their actions.]]
* ChekhovsBoomerang: The Electrobooster.
* ChekhovsGunman: Ransik's flashback in "Frax's Fury" at first only seemed like a way to explain the reason he needed his serum, but it also [[spoiler:revealed the origin of Frax and his reason for hating Ransik]].
* ClockTower: The Rangers' base
* CloudcuckooLander: Trip, although he's not ''nearly'' as severe as [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm some]] [[Series/PowerRangersSPD later]] [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Rangers]].
* ColdOpen: Fifth season of PR to do this, but the first to do this extensively, as a way of getting the unadaptable Sentai footage out of the way.
* CoolShades / GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: The Rangers' mutant scanners
* CrapsaccharineWorld
* CycleOfRevenge: Becomes a theme near the end, with Frax urging Nadira to break the cycle.
* DarkerAndEdgier
* DatingCatwoman: Lucas and Nadira. Subverted in that Lucas does everything he can to get out of it, but they're apparently seeing each other again after her HeelFaceTurn.
* DebateAndSwitch: Certain questions about the FantasticRacism lose a lot of steam when the mutants ''are'', for the most part, AlwaysChaoticEvil.
** Subverted in the episode where a very peaceful mutant was placed in cryogenic stasis for petty theft.
** Double Subverted when a mutant is allowed to work for Time Force and betrays them of his own free will.
* DesignerBabies: Every human from the future is one, with Katie having the most prominent improvements. The Mutants are failures of the genetic engineering process, or, alternatively, the result of natural births in an environmentally-wrecked future, while the genetic-screening/modification program was formed to prevent this.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Mr. Collins's CrowningMomentOfAwesome in a nutshell, see the CMOA page for this series for details.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Katie is normally quite careful, but on occasion her bubbly personality makes for some painful hugs.
* DrivingTestSmashers: Lucas in "A Blue Streak"
* [[OscarBait Emmy Bait]]: Jen's "I am taking you in!" speech to Ransik in the finale.
** As well as Ransik's MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment and "I'm ready to pay for what I've done." It's probably the best performance Vernon Wells as ever turned in.
** Many fans point to TheReveal in the second part of "Force From the Future" where Wes takes his helmet off, showing his face for the first time, and a teary-eyed Jen is stunned silent as the prime demonstration of the superior acting in this season.
** Jen's crying and desperate attempt to tell Wes that she loves him, just before the Rangers are sucked back through time, in ''The End Of Time'', or when she actually tells him - just before she has to leave him for the future.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Jen and Wes, to the point of annoying Lucas in ''Undercover Rangers''.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: The Quantasaurus Rex Zord, in an otherwise futuristic season.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Frax's death was a DiesWideOpen involving a scream and parts of his robotic face falling apart. This after his having been reprogrammed into a mindless automaton by the BigBad.
* FanService: Eric in a loincloth, ''[[MrFanservice DAMN]]''.
** For the men, Jen's miniskirt, and a training scene in "Jen's Revenge" where she works out her frustration wearing jogging pants and an [[BareYourMidriff athletic top]].
** Trip also looked pretty damn sexy working out in "Uniquely Trip".
* FantasticRacism: In the future most humans look down on mutants, genetically inferior beings that are the trash and leftovers of the DesignerBabies program. This is not aided by the fact that the most prominent mutants in the series are anarchist terrorists, although how much of that is caused by growing up in a society that hates them, and how much is the cause of society hating them is very, very debatable.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The frozen mutants are still conscious and some have life sentences.
** Implied to have been changed in ''Reinforcements From The Future'', as Ransik is in a standard prison cell when the Rangers visit him to seek out his help.
* FemmeFatalons: Nadira
* FiveRoundsRapid: The Silver Guardians.
* FlashedBadgeHijack: In the premiere.
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction / HeroesRUs: The Time Force Police
* GracefulLoser: Ransik, though he was actually ''winning'' before giving up.
** Which may have something to do with why he was so graceful.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: According to Ransik's actor, innuendo got left in, including a scene in one of the first episodes where Nadira's fingernail was hurt and he said he would make it feel better, then [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything sticks it in his mouth and moves it back and forth]]
* HeDidntMakeIt: Alex about Wes in the second part of the finale.
* HeadBob: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OgapWSkD2Q#t=2m22s this clip.]] Here, it's made clear that it's the chin of the person inside the suit that pushes down on the helmet as he/she speaks, giving off the illusion of a HeadBob.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Jen
* HeroSecretService: The Silver Guardians under Eric (and later Wes).
* HumanPopsicle: The imprisoned mutants.
* HumansAreBastards: According to Ransik, although he's really in no position to judge.
* IdenticalGrandson: This is what Alex seems to be to Wes at first. WordOfGod says Alex is a descendant, but not necessarily a direct one. WordOfGod (the writer) added that she hates time travel logic.
* ImmuneToBullets: Silver Guardians vs. MonsterOfTheWeek
* IneffectualLoner: Eric and Alex
* InMemoriam: "Circuit Unsure" was dedicated to original [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Yellow Ranger]] Thuy Trang after her death.
* IronicEcho: The two morphing calls. Usually they mean two different types of Ranger against a small force [[spoiler:but in the finale they mean two rangers against a million.]]
* IrritationIsTheSincerestFormOfFlattery: Trip, who attempts to look cooler by imitating the other Rangers in "Uniquely Trip".
* ISurrenderSuckers: Fatcatfish in "Jen's Revenge."
* JustifiedCriminal: Played with, in that FantasticRacism drove the mutants to crime, but with the exception of [[PunnyName Notacon]] they tend to go above and beyond what's necessary.
** FantasticRacism drove a few mutants to crime, but most of them just seem to enjoy their villainy and don't care about justification, much less try to give one.
*** Really its doubtful that FantasticRacism even plays a role since at least two different mutants where shown having equal rights as human, one mutant was even Jen's ex-partner and betrayed Time Force on his own accord.
* JudgeJuryAndExecutioner: Justified in that the mutants were tried and convicted already in the year 3000.
** Although mutants are apparently judged in a KangarooCourt, with at least one of the prisoners guilty of no greater crime than (essentially) being a mutant.
** The [=CryoPrison=] has no human inmates whatsoever, so despite the fact that there have to be humans in the year 3000 that commit equal crimes to those of mutants they apparently receive different (and presumably less harsh) sentencing.
*** It could be there were no non-mutant prisoners because mutants are considered more dangerous (with good reason) and held in facilities with tighter security, or because Ransik just didn't take any non-mutant prisoners during his breakout.
* LastVillainStand: After his MechaMooks have been taken down, Nadira has abandoned him, Gluto has pulled a ScrewThisImOuttaHere, and Frax has been destroyed, Ransik pulls this trope and inverted it since he managed to defeat the rangers one by one. [[spoiler: He only surrendered when he hurt Nadira]].
* LimitedWardrobe: Like most series since PowerRangersLostGalaxy the Time Force Rangers aside from their uniforms (that they only wear for a few episodes) each have 1 civilian outfit. Somewhat justified since they are from the future and just had to wear whatever Wes could find for them, less justified that Wes also basically had one outfit (special occasions like business meetings with his dad aside) despite being from the present and rich.
* MaternallyChallenged: Nadira in the finale
* MeaningfulName: Someone depicted as the resident [[TheKlutz Klutz]] ''in his own focus ep'' is named ''Trip''...
* MeanwhileInTheFuture
* MonumentalTheft: Ransik didn't just stage a prison breakout, he stole the whole prison!
* MoralityPet: As bad as he can be Ransik genuinely loves Nadira, also Eric keeps pet birds and makes friends with a little girl at the trailer park he lives in, even Frax has his robots.
* MultiformBalance: Time Force Megazord has a close combat oriented Mode Red and an agile ranged Mode Blue.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Ransik has this reaction when he nearly kills Nadira in the final battle. This leads to his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* NiceGuy: Wes.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Trip is a time-traveling alien being with psychic powers. And he's a cop.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The team goes to see a filming of a "[[JackieChan Frankie Chang]]" movie in "Movie Madness".
** Specifically the movie in question seems to be a ShoutOut to ''Rumble In The Bronx.''
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Ransik takes on the entire team during the finale and beats the tar out of them all. It makes you wonder why he bothered using monsters of the week, especially considering they were using things they didn't even have at the start of the season and he still won.
** There are two possible stipulations: The Rangers were already exhausted from the previous fight, and Ransik's [[spoiler:infection that was slowly killing him keeps him at a weaker level; by the end he's "cured" and nothing is holding him back. In "Lovestruck Rangers", Ransik got himself in a position to fight the girl Rangers without interference from the boys. The infection prevented him from defeating them and the girls destroyed the vial of medicine he brought with him, forcing him to flee.]]
* NoHuggingNoKissing: You would think we'd get a kiss between [[spoiler:Wes & Jen]] in the finale, but nope, standard embrace.
** Although the trade-off is that to this day, they're still the only two Rangers to say [[spoiler:"I love you"]] to each other.
* OfficialCouple: Alex/Jen in the premiere, [[spoiler:Wes/Jen by the finale]].
* OutsideContextVillain: The Black Knight. He comes out of nowhere, and has no connection to Ransik and his gang, or to the series' theme.
* PleaseDumpMe: Lucas, because Nadira's dad is the [[BigBad Big-freakin-Bad]]!
* PregnantHostage: In the finale
* PsychicPowers: Trip, who is somewhat clairvoyant and telepathic.
* QuicklyDemotedLeader: Averted; Jen holds on to leadership despite not being the Red Ranger.
* RedShirtArmy: The Silver Guardians. Except [[NeverSayDie no one actually dies]].
* ReversePolarity: Blurted out by Trip in the episode "Reflections of Evil".
* RobotBuddy: Circuit.
* RollerbladeGood: On Eric's Mega Battle armor.
* RubberForeheadAlien: Trip, who has a crystal in his forehead and green hair
* SanDimasTime
* SarcasticClapping: Eric, in his debut as the Quantum Ranger.
* ScoobyStack: Trip, Katie, and Lucas attempt this once while eavesdropping on Wes and Jen near the end of "Jen's Revenge". [[MomentKiller It didn't work so well.]]
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney
* SealedEvilInACan: While not applying to the main villains, the individual monsters fit this trope, being mutant prisoners shrunk, cryogenically frozen, and sealed inside small containers. They also return that way when defeated.
* SecondLove
* ShelteredAristocrat: Wes starts as one.
* ShipperOnDeck: Three of them, actually.
* ShoutOut: Trip's planet, Xybria, is a reference to Saban's cartoon ''Xyber9NewDawn''.
** Wes and Eric escape [[spoiler:the clocktower]] swinging out on a rope as the building explodes behind them, an obvious {{homage}} to ''Film/DieHard.''
** When Jen was [[TrappedInTVLand caught in a]] {{Wuxia}} movie, she had a qipao and OdangoHair. Sounds like stock Chinese stuff, but then she gets into a one-on-one fight. [[StreetFighter Who else do we know that's famous for fighting with that appearance?]]
** In "The Quantum Quest" a group of archaeologists are at a dig site, where they find [[spoiler:The Q-Rex]]. The head honcho at the dig site is named [[Film/JurassicPark Dr. Hammond]].
* TheStarscream: Frax, though he's a particularly sympathetic example.
* SuperStrength: Katie.
* TerminatorTwosome: More like Terminator Two-teams, but it's the same idea.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Wes is on the ''receiving'' end of ''two'' of these:
** The first is from Jen in "Something To Fight For", when she rejects his overtures to join the team by chastising him for his ShelteredAristocrat upbringing and saying that he wouldn't know what to do if he had to fight for something other than himself. [[spoiler:That's not the real reason.]]
** The second is from Eric in "The End of Time, Part 2", when he mocks Wes for thinking they could ever be friends and finally lets out his bitterness towards Wes for all the advantages he had growing up "with everything handed to him on a silver platter" while Eric had to work extra hard to get to where he was. Wes counters this one with a DareToBeBadass speech of his own.
* TimePolice
* TimeyWimeyBall: The series never really establishes the exact nature of how time is shifting, including [[spoiler:how Alex is alive and helping them from the future after being killed in the pilot.]] There are a lot of statements that the timeline was changing with technology showing up that shouldn't have existed in 2001 but nothing appears to be different in 3000.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Averted. [[LovelyAngels Both female Rangers are tomboyish]].
* [[TrappedInTVLand Trapped In Movie Land]]
* TrashTheSet: [[spoiler:Ransik's assault on the Clock Tower.]]
* TriangRelations
* TyrannosaurusRex: Eric's Quantasaurus Rex zord ("Q-Rex" for short). And he and Wes run into the real thing when they go to prehistory to get it.
* UniversalDriversLicense: Lucas has no problems driving 21st century cars, but got in trouble because his ''31st century license'' isn't valid yet.
* TheUnmasking: Wes to his dad in "Worlds Apart".
* {{Unobtainium}}: Trixerium crystals.
* ViciousCycle: Humans treatment of Mutants, Humans & Mutants treatment of Robots, & Frax's treatment of Humans & Mutants. Stated explicitedly by Frax.
* WasOnceAMan: The tragic case of [[spoiler: Frax]].
* WeCanRebuildHim: Revealed to be the origin of [[spoiler:Frax]], though it was more like I Can Rebuild Myself.
* WealthyYachtOwner: During a flashback from when Wes and Eric were Prep School students, a rich kid invited Wes to a yacht party. Wes declined because Eric wasn't invited.
* WellDoneSonGuy: Wes.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: The mutant population in general, most memorably touched upon in episode 19, "Trip Takes A Stand".
* WhatYearIsThis: The mutants in the premiere.
* YouCantFightFate: Wes was originally groomed to become a part of Bio-Lab - something he long since fought against, much to Mr. Collins' chagrin. In the storyline where Mr. Collins is dying, Alex explicitly says it is Wes' destiny to replace him at Bio-Lab. When Mr. Collins is saved ([[ItMakesSenseInContext by Alex's intervention]]), much is made of the idea that Wes' destiny has effectively been changed. However, there is nothing to say that Wes won't one day takeover as head of Bio-Lab - just that the circumstances would be different. The fact that Wes becomes co-leader of Bio-Lab's Silver Guardians suggests his destiny hasn't changed at all. Arguably, Alex's actions (which made it possible for father and son to formally reconcile) inadvertently made it possible.
** Possible, though as head of the Silver Guardians, it's quite possible that he would give up his position as head of Biolab, opting instead to stay as team leader under a new head. On the other hand, given that he'd want to protect the guardians from improper use, perhaps circumstances would force him to take over anyways. It's very much left up in the air, but the CharacterDevelopment is that all of this happening under his own rules and not just because his father said so.
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